My students come from very diverse backgrounds. Our district has done a wonderful job in investing in a new curriculum that promotes enjoyable reading and writing for all. However, students are not being as successful as they could be because we do not have as many books as we could. My goal is to change this in my classroom.
I teach Language Arts and Social Studies to twenty-five, fifth graders throughout the day.
Many of these readers are below grade-level and I want to provide them with materials that will inspire them to read and write more.
Everyday my class starts with a read-aloud. I selected several picture books that would be great read-alouds to inspire meaningful conversations among my students. It is important that we get diverse books for all students to fully relate to the content, and become more aware of our wonderful differences. After the read-aloud, we have reading workshop.
During reading workshop, students are given opportunities to select diverse books they are interested in reading.
My classroom is made up of many diverse learners who value reading about others in their culture. Therefore, it is imperative to stock our classroom library with diverse books for students to select during reading workshop.
Writing workshop comes after reading workshop. During writing workshop, students are encouraged to write about what they want to write about. This year my students were given blank books and published one of their favorite stories. This was such a meaningful writing experience for my students to share their own story and I am eager to repeat the activity next school year.
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